“Stories used to be simpler. that’s for sure. This, then that. And now I don’t know where it starts or how it ends”
the thing is
we get it. cinema is powerful.
we have what one usually expects of a karthik subbaraj padam.
we have the cool camera work.
the laughs were there.
we have SaNa dishing out absolute bangers.
we have great performances from the actors overall.
but what we also have are
a very self indulgent second half with moments ranging from that’s really unexpected to that was just fucking dumb.
redundant spoon feeding of a message which the film conveys…
there is something missing in this movie, a general lack of direction perhaps, or maybe just a few subtleties. I did enjoy this very much however and i never in my wildest dreams thought that I would see Ryan Gosling in a shirtless dance off at the movies in my lifetime. while also having a scene which made me feel something at the movies u haven’t felt in a long long time, barbie definitely misses a few marks, but by god does it make you laugh and feel. get your pink T-shirts and sparkly pants on for this one.
While being Vetrimaaran’s most brutal film to date, Viduthalai is definitely an ambitious attempt by the acclaimed filmmaker which while creating haunting visuals and a steadfast performance from Soori, brings itself down with subpar writing and awful dubbing.truly, one questions if the film was made in a rush for the amount of patchwork it seems to have gone through, with dialogues rambling for way longer after the characters exit the scene. beautiful camera work as one has come to expect from a Vetri film but coupled with glaringly mediocre colour grading mistakes makes this a ragged mess with moments of cinematic genius and visual horror.